Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at Los Angeles LAX airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your LAX Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

Discussion Topics
Last Post

  • Layouver in LAX to LAS
    Mar 14, 2015
    Coming from Dubai on Emirates airlines arriving to LAX at 13:55. I have a connecting flight with American Airlines to LAS at 16:40. Do I have enough time and what is the best way to get to AA terminal (Terminal 6)?


    AA does not use Terminal 6. They use Terminal 4. That is enough time barely. Just walk from the International Terminal to Terminal 4.


  • 9 hour layover with kids
    Feb 20, 2015
    I have pre teens and toddler in our group. We have a 9 hour layover in LAX from 6 am to 3 pm. Some of that time we will be retrieving bags and re checking in bags from one airline to another. For the rest of the time, what can you recommend for us to do? Shops, food in LAX, leave, stay, etc. Thanks


  • Stopover 35 mins
    Feb 21, 2015
    Hi, I am flying to London Heathrow from SFO and have a stopover for 35 mins only in LA. Is there enough time for me to get my connecting flight, if the flight from SFO is on time? Thanks.


    What airline or Airlines are you flying?


    Both flights are Virgin Atlantic. I know the connection flight departs from terminal 5, but I do not know what terminal the flight from SFO will land in LA. Thanks,


  • 5 Hour Layover in LAX
    Feb 12, 2015
    I am arriving at Tom Bradley terminal at 6:30am and will need to transfer to terminal 2 for a connection at 2:45pm I will need to collect my bag at Tom Bradley is this after immigration and security as this terminal seems the best to spend most of my layover hours


    You collect your bag after you go through US Immigration but before you go through US Customs, then if you bought two separate tickets and your bags aren't tagged through to your final destination, you will exit to the left out of the customs area, If your bags are tagged to your final destination, you can re-check them at the re-check desk in the TBIT by following the signs for connecting passengers.


  • Tom Bradley terminal, can I get outside to smoke when in transit
    Feb 11, 2015
    Hi there, I'm flying AKL/LAX/LHR on Air NZ (checked right through) with a 2 hour transit in the Tom Bradley terminal. Will I be confined to the business class lounge or can I escape for a smoke or two? Thank you, Ann


    Yes, you will be confined to the lounge. That's the only way you can do this flight without going through US Immigration and Customs.


    Thank you. Might have to do an overnight stopover. Cheers Ann


  • Will One Hour between flights be enough time to smoke
    Jan 13, 2015
    We are flying Delta, and will be in LAX one hour between flights. I see that Delta's terminal is 5 and their is smoking outside of Terminal 7. Will there be enough time to smoke and make our connecting flight?


    If your first flight is on-time and you run, maybe. You probably don't have to go all the way to T7 though, you could probably go to the parking garage right across the street and smoke.


  • Is this enough time
    Dec 18, 2014
    Hello. Wondering if a layover of 2.05 hours will be enough at LAX. Arriving from Narita on Singapore Air @ 1:25pm connecting on a Southwest flight to STL at 3:30pm. We are 5 traveling with most likely 4-5 check bags. I am an Southwest A list member so should be able to skip any long security and check bags lines and be able to board early on Southwest. Thank you.


    That should barely be enough time. You will have to hope that your first flight is on-time and hurry with your bags to T1 in order to get your bags to the counter before the cutoff.


  • LayOver 12 Hours
    Nov 19, 2014
    Question, Flying (AA) POS-MIA-LAX-KONA (Lax layover is 12hours) 1) Will I have to re-check my bag for LAX-KOA flight which 8:45 am next morning? 2) Will I have to pay any fees for checked bag (US25.00)


    Ask the AA agent in POS if they can tag your bag through to KOA. If they can then you won't claim it in LAX. Otherwise you will have to claim it and recheck it in the morning and pay the fee.


  • Long Layover
    Nov 4, 2014
    Hi, We are looking at having a 16 hour layover at LAX before our flight home to Aus with QANTAS. We don't want to have to leave the airport - are there any decent airport lounges that allow you to pay for day use that are landside? We will get a hotel for the day if we have to though, any suggestions for a good hotel close to the airport? TIA


    I'm not aware of any landside lounges at LAX. If there is more than one person in your party it would probably be best to get a hotel room. Sorry, I can't recommend one.


  • SFO - LAX - HNL --> stopover 35 minutes
    Nov 4, 2014
    Hello all, I just booked a Delta flight via San Francisco via LAX to Honolulu, but the stop over time is only 35 minutes :( I booked that flight together, so should be okay or else why should the booking tool give this option? Arrival time LAX 16.30 terminal 5; departure terminal 5 17.05. Should I be concerned? Thanks B


    You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time. Your connection should take fewer than 5 minutes. The only thing you have to be worried about is your flight from San Francisco being late due to weather in San Francisco.


  • Connection time
    Oct 29, 2014
    I booked a American Airline flight from Vancouver to San Diego with connecting Amerian Airline flight in LA. The connection time is only 50 minutes. I won't have checked baggage. Do I need to go through security and check in again? Is 50 minutes too short? Thanks.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in LAX is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which should both be in the American Eagle remote terminal.


    Thanks. So do you think 50 minutes long enough?


    Yes, it should be.


  • Layover in LAX
    Oct 10, 2014
    I am flying from cancun to vancouver with an overnight layover in LAX. (In LAX at 9:00pm, leave LAX at 9:55am). Should i get a hotel to stay the night? I know Delta airlines will be keeping my baggage so i would only have carryon stuff with me. Do we go through customs when we land in LAX?


    Yes, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs upon arrival at LAX. I doubt Delta will let you re-check your bags for an overnight 13 hour layover. You should definitely get a hotel. 13 Hours is a long time to spend on the airport floor.


  • Enough layover time and will the plane transfer my luggage
    Sep 25, 2014
    I have a flight from LAS via Virgin America at 9:45 to 10:55 to LAX Terminal 3 and my layover is only 1 hr. and 20 mins. to Tom Bradley terminal at 12:20pm. Do I have enough time? Will Virgin America transfer my luggages to Asiana Airlines? Do I need to check in again with my luggage or just my carry-on? And its my first time in LAX, how can I get from Terminal 3 to TB Terminal?


    By the way i purchased my ticket in the same reservation number Domestic Virgin America and ASiana airlines for International flight. Do i need to claim my luggage at MAX Terminal 3 to TBIT and check in again? 1 hr & 20mins will be enough time layover?


    If you purchased your tickets together your bags will automatically be transferred and Virgin America should even be able to issue your Asiana boarding pass (although they may not be able to). Getting from T3 to the TBIT is very easy. You just have to exit Terminal 3, walk to the right (with the flow of traffic) and the next building you come to is the TBIT. It takes about 3 minutes.


  • Layover sufficient time?
    Sep 15, 2014
    I'm planning a trip in January from Brisbane on Qantas/Tom Bradley Intl terminal arriving 6.30am and leaving Aeromexico (terminal 2 I think) at 9:55am giving a layover of 3hr25min. Is this sufficient time to collect baggage, go through US customs and immigration, transfer terminals and recheckin in? Thanks


    Yes, that should be enough time. You'll probably be out of Customs by 7:30 at the latest, It's about a 10 minute walk to T2, so you'll be there more than 2 hours before your flight.


    Thank you for your quick response


  • Lax between flights
    Sep 15, 2014
    We arrive at LAX terminal B at 6.30am and have a connecting flight to Vancouver which departs terminal M at 2.35pm. Will our bags be checked straight through or do we have to collect them and re-check? If we have to re-check will we need to take them to Terminal B to do this or is there a transfer drop point? We are hoping to take a taxi to Venice Beach or Hollywood to have a quick look around between flights.


    LAX does not have a Terminal M. What airlines are you flying and where are you coming from on your first flight?


    We are arriving on Virgin flight from Brisbane, Australia (code share with Delta, which is our connecting airline)


    OK. You will arrive in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, go through US Customs, then follow the sign for connecting passengers to re-check your bags with Delta. Then you will exit the Terminal and walk to the right to Terminal 5 where your Delta flight to YVR will depart.


    If you want to look around you can do so - it's about a 20 minute taxi ride to Venice Beach. Be back to LAX by 1 PM. Hollywood is much further away (over an hour in traffic).


Google Plus One